THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Sahitya Akademi award winner Satheesh Babu Payyannur, a noted novelist and short story writer, was found dead at his residence at Vanchiyoor here on Thursday. Satheesh 59, was also the former member-secretary of Bharat Bhavan, an institution under the state Culture Department.
Satheesh was living with his wife in their flat at Mathrubhumi road. His wife had gone to her native place on Wednesday. The neighbours had reportedly seen him last at 7 pm.
Relatives tried to reach him over phone, but in vain, so, they informed the police.
It was during police inspection that he was found dead inside the room.
The Vanchiyoor police said there was nothing suspicious about the death and that the reason would be known after the autopsy.
Born in Pathiripala in Palakkad district in 1963, Satheesh began his literary activities while studying at Kanhangad Nehru College and Payyannur College. He penned stories, poems and essays during his college days that won acclaim. He was instrumental in bringing out 'Campus Times', the first campus newsletter of Calicut University.
He then dabbled in script writing for films and got associated with movies like 'Nakshatrakoodaram' and 'O'Faby'.
In 2001, Satheesh resigned from his job at the State Bank of Travancore and became immersed in literary activities. During this period, he produced television shows and documentaries.
Satheesh's short stories and novels caught the imagination of the readers and his 'Peramaram' won the 2012 Kerala Sahitya Akademi award for best short story.
He was also the recipient of the Karoor memorial award and the Malayattoor award.
Satheesh had worked as the governing council member of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Film Academy.
(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)